WCPG​

Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling

Help Yourself
If you're concerned that gambling is becoming more than a game for you, try using these guidelines to moderate your play:

  • Consider any money you win a bonus
  • Set a dollar limit and stick to it
  • Set a time limit and stick to it
  • Leave when you reach your limit
  • Don't borrow money to gamble
  • Don't let gambling interfere with or become a substitute for family, friends or work
  • Don't chase your losses
  • Don't use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain or as a means to escape
  • Know the warning signs of gambling


If you find you're not able to follow the above guidelines seek help. 
Help Others
If someone you know is gambling for more than fun, they may have a problem. Talking to them can seem scary, but they need you to have the courage. Here are some ways to begin the conversation:
  • Find a comfortable place to talk undisturbed
  • Keep it simple and straightforward
  • Tell the person you care about them and express your concern
  • Be clear about your expectations. For example: "I want you to talk to someone about your gambling."
  • After you've talked, allow them to respond
  • Listen without judgment
  • Don't try to be the counselor
  • Give the person information, not advice
  • Encourage them to call the National Problem Gambling Helpline. Available 24/7 and is confidential

Helpline: 1-800-522-4700

Gambling Anonymous - 20 Questions

Complete the Questionnaire

The LieBet Questionnaire is a two-question screening tool for anyone who may have concerns about their gambling. Results of this tool is useful in determining if a longer screening tool or further assessment is appropriate.  To take this brief questionnaire go to: 

https://www.pacouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/Lie-Bet-Test.pdf

Gambling Anonymous has twenty questions that it asks new members. Take the survey and if you find you have or may have a problem contact a therapist who is trained and/or certified to work with gambling issues. GA Twenty questions can be found here:

http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions